Director(s)Ted Parmelee
Producer(s)Stephen Bosustow
Top GenresAnimation, Crime, Drama, Horror, Short Films
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The Tell-Tale Heart Overview:

The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) was a Animation - Short Films Film directed by Ted Parmelee and produced by Stephen Bosustow.

The Tell-Tale Heart was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2001.

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31 Days of Halloween – 019: The Tell-Tale Heart (1952)

By Michael on Oct 19, 2013 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

October marches on, and so does our countdown to All Hallows Eve. This year, rather than trying to do a full 31 film reviews or something truly time-consuming like that, most of what I’m going to be posting are favorite trailers, short films, some full-length movies, and other items just to ki... Read full article


By Richard on Dec 24, 2012 From Classic Horror Campaign

With Christmas fast approaching, the Classic Horror Campaign is once again drawn towards an animated classic horror short – this time the 1953 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, originally published in 1843. Narrated by British actor James Mason, this imaginative and at... Read full article

Saturday Morning Cartoon: The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

By KC on Oct 30, 2010 From Classic Movies

This deliciously creepy 'toon is definitely not for the kids. James Mason flawlessly narrates a surreal animated version of the classic Poe tale. Mason had such a talent for creating crazed, but strangely sympathetic villains. His tone fits the bleak, mysterious animation perfectly. The f... Read full article

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The first animated short film to be rated X by the British Film Board of Censors.
Rumors for years surrounding this film would have it being in 3-D. However, absolutely no trade magazines list the production as being in 3-D (even pre-filming announcements and in-production articles), and according to Grover Crisp, head of the restoration unit at Sony/Columbia, the original negative bears absolutely no markings that would indicate that the film had any 3-D origins. It is speculated, based on several collectors' memories, that the myth started when super8mm editions of the film were labeled with 3-D stickers by accident, around the same time that stickers were being put on the 3-D shorts that Columbia was releasing in that format.
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National Film Registry

The Tell-Tale Heart

Released 1953
Inducted 2001
(Short, Sound)

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